Warwickshire trainer Olly Murphy has confirmed that his Swinton Hurdle hero Copperless will not be making the trip over to Ireland for next week’s Galway Hurdle.
The impressive Haydock winner, who rectified his Grand National Festival mishap, had been given an entry to lead the line for Warren Chase at Ballybrit in the same way stable-mate Hunters Call did last season.
But his handler has instead opted for a later start to his campaign with a possible tilt at the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle.
Murphy told At The Races: “He’s absolutely fine. I just wasn’t 100 per cent happy with him. Going over there you have to be on your A-game.
“We’ll look back at the English programme now and look for a nice race in the autumn. The Greatwood could be very likely.
“He was a very impressive horse when he won his last start and I just want to run him in the right race. Unfortunately, Galway isn’t going to be the right race just the way he is at the moment.”